Yay, three blog posts today! In this, our second real wedding feature, Susan and Colin tie the knot at their October 2012 wedding, that was held at Mulberry House in Ongar, Essex.
I wanted to feature this wedding because it's not often we write about a bride who chose a one-shoulder dresses on Love My Dress. This particular dress is design 8527 by Justin Alexander.
Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Natalie J Watts
Colin shared with me how the couple got engaged;
"We got engaged on Brighton pier on Susan’s birthday. I convinced
Susan we were going to see a show in Brighton. She thought it was the
The funny thing is, is that Susan’s
daughter was with us, whom I got to photograph the proposal, they were
both equally shocked. You can see some of these images on a film we made for the wedding."
"Our vows were traditional ones which we adapted by ourselves;
'As I take you to be my wife, I promise to love you, to honour
and to respect you. I promise you a life that is full of adventure with
mountains to climb and roads to be driven.
I will mend you if you are sick, I will seek you out if you are
lost in a crowd. I will dance with you after a hard day’s work. I will
hold you, whatever life may bring. I will always love you.'"
"There were several inspirations for the style of our
wedding. We loved the antique feel, so used lots of crystal ware bought
at carboot sales and adapted an old suitcase for the cards and gifts.
The suitcase represented our interest in travel and the cake also
matched this theme.
All the table names were labelled after places that
were important to us.
Writing and story telling played a strong feature, it allowed us
to be really personal, as we wrote a poem for the ceremony and also
wrote a piece about each place name. But the greatest bit of writing was
the little messages that Susan gave to the bridesmaids and brought to
Colin as he waited for Susan at the altar. They broke any cool composure
The writing theme was all signified by the typewriter, which was Colin’s mum’s old one from when she used to be a secretary."
"Colin had passed the Gresham Blake
shop in Brighton many times in his life and always wanted a suit from
them. This was his chance. A three buttoned mohair, inspired a little by
Tom Ford and a bit of the Mods."
"Our photographer was Natalie Watts. We must have looked at forty photographers and firmly believe that we discovered the best wedding photographer out there. Natalie is fantastic. Her images speak for themselves. We would get married again, just to have Natalie follow us around again."
"This is the poem that we wrote for the reading. We didn’t want a
standard poem, but adapted the famous 'what is love' reading to our own
What is Love
Love is the voice of a songbird,
the lyrics of a one hit wonder number one hit.
Love is the tears of the poet,
sung through a karaoke machine of a Westend Bar that is poorly lit.
Love is the decor of building a home,
Ikea and Homebase – lives defined by the blue sack.
Love is the coffee brought with biscuits to dunk,
then ceremoniously spilt over the instructions of a flat pack.
Love is nights of the lazy cook,
with fine French wine a vintage to savor.
Love is decanted, admired and poured,
served with fish, chips, salt and vinegar to flavour.
Love is you falling asleep in my arms.
Snuggled watching television, a small blankie as the nights gets colder
Love is the dribble later, I find on my shoulder.
Love is applying suntan oil to places that are hard to reach.
Bunking off work, down by the sea – a visit to Brighton Pier.
Love is the burnt bits I find in the evening,
you distracted me with a kiss then promptly stole my beer.
Love is a movie with a happy ending,
Dark cinemas rustling popcorn and fizzy pop.
Love is the flickering light of a romantic story where boy meets girl.
And no one gets shot.
Love is getting down on one knee,
You think I am tying the laces of one shoe.
Love is the joy of where we are now,
In the eyes of our friends at the altar where we stand and say I do.
"Our favourite part of the day was our families and friends being there for us."
"We had a band called The Blue Notes who were very cool,
playing jazzy versions of some fantastic songs. They even played a
soulful version of Love Will Tear Us Apart. Then in the evening we had a
DJ with an LED dance floor. This proved to be the highlight of the
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
"Make it personal, it is your story. Really think about your
guests and make them feel loved by you and special. And get an LED dance
floor, you won’t regret it."
Awww, just a lovely day with a family who clearly all love each other very much!
Are any of our readers going for a one-shoulder design?
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With much love,